Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. offered exchanges Friday
for certain tires sold for use with minivans and small trucks, but
insisted the decision is not a recall.
Goodyear believes that some of these tires under adverse
conditions can have tread separation. It offered to exchange
P215/70R14 tires sold under 23 private label names, including
Douglas, Kelly, Mohave and Republic, in the United States and
Goodyear estimated that approximately 400,000 of the replacement
tires made from 2003 to 2006 might be in use.
The exchange is not a recall because no design or manufacturing
defect was found in the tire, said Sim Ford, manager of Goodyear's
government and customer compliance.
``This precautionary campaign is in response to our internal
analysis and review of early warning data we monitor on our tires,''
Ford said in a prepared statement.
Goodyear is offering its Regatta 2 all-season radial in exchange.
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